THE Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM, otherwise known as the Third Force Movement of Nigeria, has condemned the arrest and detention of the leader of one of its affiliate groups, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, who was whisked away from his home at about 1.25am on Saturday, August 3, 2019, by operatives of the Department of State, DSS.
A statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Olusegun Obe, said the arrest and detention of Sowore, who is the leader of the “Take It Back Movement”, an NIM affiliate group, would not deter it and that it would go ahead with its planned nationwide mass protests against bad political system and mal-governance in Nigeria tagged “#Revolution Now!” scheduled to start on Monday, August 5, 2019.
The statement reads in part: “Therefore, we have directed all our members, allies and supporters in the Third Force Movement, especially of the Nigeria Intervention Movement, NIM, the Alliance for Defence of Democracy, ADD, and some revolutionary political parties to join and support the historic mass action for a New Nigeria as already endorsed by icons like Prof Wole Soyinka, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, among others.
“Finally, we wish to state strongly that peaceful protest or public demonstration against state or government policies is a constitutional right of every citizen of Nigeria and so, it is illegal to criminalise or victimise any citizen of Nigeria for openly expressing contrary stand against government’s policies and programme as currently being done by the Nigerian Presidency against the Monday mass protests of the Nigerian peoples.”
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